by Rachael Levy
Originally published: July 30, 2017
Ivetta Starikova wanted to be a manager at a San Francisco Bay-area tech company. At 26, she was used to being one of the few women in a group. Before becoming an engineer, she studied math and computer science at University of California at Berkeley in a class that was heavily male.
Starikova's request to become a manager got rebuffed, and she said she was effectively fired. A mentor, an older man, advised her on the realities.
"Nobody will make you a manager because you're a girl and you're too young," Starikova recalled him saying.